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companies will be embedding a representative with fema in order to better coordinate the response. soledad? >> power outages a big problem here. dan lothian, thanks. john berman's got a look at some of the other stories making news today. >>> police in virginia are looking for the source of three homemade bombs. investigators want to know who set off explosives outside two stafford county homes early tuesday morning. the two incidents have been linked to a third explosion tuesday inside a house in fredricksburg. no injuries were reported. >>> a guilty plea in arizona from a mexican man accused in the 2010 murder of u.s. border patrol agent brian perry. manuel osorio air ranous could be facing life in prison. the 36-year-old man said he got into a gun battle while he and four other armed men were looking for drug traffickers to rob. >>> another california surfer attacked by a shark. the 25-year-old is fighting for his life after he was bitten in his chest and abdomen yesterday. a depp puttpy in eureka saying one of the wounds is a 14 inch gash. other surfers helped pull him out of the water
. state government is here. we are doing what we need to dofment we are coordinating with fema. i want to thank the administrator for being here, for the input he's already had in helping to make our operation betterment we'll move on from here. what i said yesterday i really mean. there's got to be sorrow. you see that in -- and the president has seen that today, in the eyes and faces of the folks he met. that sorrow is appropriate. we suffered some loss. luckily we haven't suffered that much loss of life and we thank god for that. but we have suffered losses, and this is the worst storm i have seen in my lifetime in the state. but we cannot permit that sorrow to replace the resilience i know all new jerseyans have. so we will get up and we'll get this thing rebuilt and we'll put things back together because that's what this state is all about and always has been all about. for all of you who are here, i met a bunch of you today, who disregarded my admonition, get the hell out of here, you know, you are forgiven this time. you are forgiven this time but not for much longer. we got to
about defunding fema, getting rid of fema. >> that is particularly a fascinating e.e. you are referring to his comment during one of the republican primary debates when he was asked directly, what would you do about fema? as part of your efforts to shrink the federal government, would you send fema's responsibilities back to the states? his immediate answer was, absolutely. he said, not only would that be a good idea, but possibly you would even turn it over to the private sector. raising ee prospect, what i called in the article, sort of pay as you go rooftop rescue program. where if you had the money, you could be rescued from your flooded house. if you did not, well, too bad. which i think is something that would really be abhorrent to most americans. the time when you really want and appreciates big government, as it is sometimes derided, we need to see the national guard, need to see help coming from the federal government, is when there is an all-out disaster. and the idea that you would reflexively say, shut down fema, let the free market handle this problem, to me -- well, it is
for fema loan. these loans are typically a very low interest rate around 4% interest rate loans that help these consumers rebuild their properties. not a prerequisite for taking loans is in the future, they have to purchase their flood insurance policy so this doesn't happen again. >> host: so you represent mortgage brokers. >> guest: insurance agents and brokers. >> host: has your group estimated yet the cost to them? >> guest: we have not yet. this storm is such a colossal nature that it's going to take a while to get our arms around the total cost. the estimates i've seen soap are but the damage is anywhere from 5 billion to 20 billion. i've seen some estimates as high as 20 billion in damages. now i think that's even premature because we've been in contact with fema and day right now, and i think correctly, they are focused 100% on recovering and disaster assistance, helping people on the ground. they haven't even begun to put pen to paper and holy calculator out and start adding up the cost. and so, these estimates would be 5 billion to 20 billion are kind of from 30,000-foot level,
states with very broad and significant impacts in a number of areas. president obama came down to fema this morning to the national resource coordination center along with several members of the cabinet, myself, secretaries, as well as other senior officials. his message to us was clear and consistent with his message over the past few days, get resources where they are needed as fast as possible without excuses or delays. and that's what we are committed to doing. everyone is leaning forward to support the states, communities and tribes in their response. we've engaged the entire emergency management apparatus of the entire country. that also includes the private sector, the faith based community and many many volunteers. so i'd like to thank all of these partners for their hard work over the last few days. but rest ashured, we are not resting. we are committed to working round the clock to get it done. yesterday the president declared major decasters for connecticut new york and new jersey which makes help available to those in those areas. the designated counties in those states can
agency's role in disasters like hurricane sandy. in a statement released today, he says fema plays a key role in working with states and counties to prepare for a response to natural disasters. last year, mitt romney appeared to suggest fema should be shutdown and its responsibilities left to the state tree >> tonight bge restore power to more than 90% of customers. >> there are some still in the dark tonight. more on the cleanup in the aftermath. >> we are said at the bge area in timonium were a lot of just have come in and out. crews have been working around clock to restore power but there are still people in the dark tonight. they did not let that stop them from celebrating halloween. her halloween was a little darker this year than previous years. >> none of us have power on this street. or the whole block. we do not have a single line up behind our house. >> even though the streets and the denver neighborhood did not have working street lamps because of the storm, -- the streets in her neighborhood did not have working street lamps because of the storm. >> we did earlier this year.
been forgotten. >> i have -- red cross, salvation army, fema, nobody. >> reporter: it'll take weeks to recover from the destruction and parts of new york city are still paralyzed. some subway service has returned and it was announced that power will be restored to all of manhattan by saturday. with limited photograph are i can into the city lines for buss are growing people ordered to drive with three passengers are stuck in traffic or running out of gas. >> i had this luckyly so i just got out of my car and ran to the nearest gas station. >> reporter: the coast guard is working to bring in more fuel and the marathon is still a go despite criticism that runner runners will go through devastated areas. >> and families could only stand by helplessly as trees came falling down around their homes. this video from long island, john wassing as sandy toppled multiple trees right down the street. the fire then started at the end of the street. just watch the trees. >> furniture and debris all piled up. the devastation is so bad leaders aren't sure how many homes have been impacted. a bea
help from fema, the federal emergency management agency. the homeland security secretary, janet napolitano, who's in new york city, says that's only just the beginning. but many residents of staten island which was inundated by the storm's tidal surge, say they're getting virtually no help yet. and their desperation is now turning to anger. cnn's brian todd is on the island. he's joining us live. brian, tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, we're in the new dorf beach section cedar grove avenue. this place is still flooded out even after the waters receded. people just barely able to kind of wade through the water, try to get to homes and assess damage. you've got a church that's flooded out here to your left, my right. and our photo journalist can pan back over this way down marine way. look down here with just the debris and people trying to gather things and bring things out and clear their homes of all the wreckage. what we know now, wolf, is that the bodies of two young boys who were washed away from their mother during the storm have been found. they were found in a
of snow, so already starting to fall, and fema, federal emergency management agency, says the storm damage from wind alone could reach $3 billion. we're also going to be hearing from the president about 45 minutes or so from the white house. he is going to be making a statement, updating the conditions of what the federal government is doing to tackle this horrific storm. forecasters expect that sandy will make landfall as early as tonight. the eye of the storm appears headed for jersey shore. the delmarva peninsula. it's an area that includes delaware, parts of maryland and urban search and rescue teams already standing by in maryland, waiting for deployment orders from fema. coastal maryland getting ready, already pounded by a strong waves, high surf. martin o'malley is following developments from the emergency management center. governor, first of all, thanks for joining us. i know this is a very busy time for you. i was just in maryland over the weekend visiting with family and friends, and clearly a lot of people right now quite tense about what is about to take place. you have search
will be somewhere between $10 billion and $20 billion when it is all tallied up. craig fugate is director of fema. we spoke with him yesterday about what they were expecting. mr. fugate, we appreciate your time this morning. walk me through the areas that have now been affected and where fema's resources are. >> well, we're working the pretty much everything from the carolinas all the way up. the way the storm's going we still have impact. last night after conversations with both governors of new jersey and new york, president obama took the extraordinary action to issue a major disaster declaration based upon the impact that had occurred. what that means is now not only are we providing direct response, but also financial support to state and local governments for response. individuals in these immediate declared areas can start registering for assistance by calling 1-800-621-fema or going to disasterassistance.gov and start the registration process. we know there are people in counties that have not yet been declared. we will be adding on additional counties throughout the day, and probably ove
were killed during a storm in new york city and a new jersey. , and security secretary and fema deputy administrator richard will be in a staten island, new york today. we are talking about the presidential battleground and non-swing states. we will go to john in saratoga springs, new york, on our line for independents. caller: good morning. i want to make three points. one is the electoral college cost to go. i mean, we have two parties but control everything. they divvy up the districts, now the states. and i mean, it has been four or five election cycles and pretty much know who the red and blue are. and they are spending billions of dollars on a seven or eight states or what ever to win. real democracy -- it should be one of vote for one person. and the bottom line is the winner. there should be more than two parties. we have to break up this party situation. there should be free, four, five people debating. -- three, four, five people a debating. one a day he is for cap and is against it.he isn't agains he was for abortion and now he is against it. in new york, there is no way he
stopped by fema headquarters in washington before heading to new jersey to join governor chris christie to tour the damage caused by sandy. we're going to get to that in a moment. buses and ferries are running and bridges into manhattan are now open. the nation's largest subway system is still water logged. limited subway and rail service begins tomorrow. one sign of normalcy today, the new york stock exchange is open. the opening bell rung by mayor bloomberg. president obama arrived as i said in new jersey in last hour to get a personal look at the devastation that sandy left behind. he's touring the damage zone with one of republican mitt romney's most vocal supporters, new jersey governor chris christie who says this is no time for politics. >> this is so much bigger than an election. this is the livelihood of the people of my state. what they expect me to do to get the job done. when someone asks me an honest question, i give an honest answer. how has the president been to deal with? he's been outstanding to deal with on this. >> i'm joined by chief political correspondent candy cro
there is no debate that help has arrived. >> reporter: while fema is assessing the damage, people are still without food, the search for bodies under way, and when we talked to 0 senator boxer, she defended the help. the northeast, tonight, the temperature is dropping and people without electricity are slivering. >> 42 years in my home, and i lost it. >> reporter: death toll from sandy is now more than 90, nearly half from the hard hid area of staten island. residents have been screaming for federal assistance. >> please, president obama, please listen to us down here, we are going to die. >> reporter: homeland security secretary janet napolitano toured the destruction this afternoon. >> we want to make sure the right resources are brought here, as quickly as possible. >> reporter: the national guard can now be seen mobilizing supplies, meantime, today in san francisco -- >> romney's record at governor in dealing with disasters has raised doubts. >> reporter: senator boxer pushed for votes, criticizing governor romney. we asked the senator why a delay in relief supplies from fema to staten island.
as quickly as possible. before the storm hit, fema pre- staged emergency response teams from north carolina to maine, and deployed resources like food, water, and generators up and down the coast. as the storm passed, thousands of fema personnel were on the ground responding to those in need. and by midweek, the department of defense was ready to fly in cargo planes that could be loaded with trucks and equipment to help local power companies get up and running faster. but recovery will be a long, hard road for many communities. there's a lot of work ahead. if you've been directly impacted by this storm and need temporary assistance getting back on your feet, you can call 1-800-621-fema, or apply at disasterassistance.gov. if you know folks who are still without power, please spread the word and let them know. and if you don't live in an affected area and want to help, supporting the red cross is the best and fastest way. this week, we have been humbled by nature's destructive power. but we've been inspired as well. for when the storm was darkest, the heroism of our fellow citizens shone bri
. >> reporter: there's not much for romney to do beyond encouraging supporters to pitch in. with fema working overtime, democrats are hammering him for what he said at a debate when asked if some of fema's responsibilities should be turned over to the states. >> absolutely. any time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> reporter: romney wouldn't answer questions about that. >> governor, would you eliminate fema if you were president? >> reporter: with canceled events, the campaign continues. bill clinton led a rally in indianapolis that appeared entirely political. with a race this close, not even a storm of the century can bring the campaign to a halt. jonathan karl, abc news, kettering, ohio. cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare
are fema's capabilities? >> outside of the area, power restoration tends to drive all of the rest of the response activity. getting the power back on it is if you would like to ask a question, pleasea need. fema has the generators to support to the governors to get facilities back on line. the way the federal government works thefema is a coronary bought -- works, fema is a coordinating body. the secretary and his team have been working with and talking with the major power companies on the additional systems they may need as well as working with our teams to expedite anything that would enable them to get in faster. >> operator, next question. need. >> some of the houses have been lifted from their foundations. >> i would not begin to guess. that is something to come back to on the disaster declaration. normally i could give you numbers based on damage assessment we would have used to justify the disaster declaration. because it was so widespread, we saw those impacts, we were able to determine it exceeded a states capability. i would caution that a number of shelters will not be
. president obama stopped campaigning today to meet with fema. mitt romney had to cancel rallies in the state of maryland a short time ago, calling off the first day of early voting tomorrow. and look at this tonight. it all comes as the latest abc news poll shows this is a dead heat, mitt romney, ahead of president obama by just one point, 49% to 48%. and with a race this tight, a big question tonight -- could the hurricane upend this final stretch? here's abc's senior political correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise. a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw a little bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show deci
, and fema's deputy administrator scheduled to arrive in staten island. the new york city borough where 19 people died because of the storm. many residents there are feeling desperate. they're feeling overlooked, and they're getting angry, saying they've received little emergency aid. nbc's ann curry spent the day there yesterday. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> reporter: staten island has had enough. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here, and we need help immediately. >> reporter: residents here are asking why hasn't more help arrived? >> i think that we're not getting the attention because we are, you know, a working-class neighborhood and kind of just like fend for yourself kind of thing. >> reporter: on the debris-strewn streets of this community where the death toll has risen to at least 19, fury and frustration played out on live television. >> but you need to come here and help us. we need assistance, please. >> reporter: staten island's borough president calls it an absolute disgrace. >> the red cross, it's nowhere to be found. all
the coast the president has issued emergency fema declarations for massachusetts, new york, d.c., new jersey, all of the states along the coast. this lets fema coordinate disaster relief effort and take some of the pressure off of the state, off of the local emergency officials. it also lets them mobilize equipment, resource as needed. obviously there is financial help there. if it were up to governor romney, we would not have fema at all. >> stephanie: bad. big government. >> during the g.o.p. primaries there is a clip of him talking to cnn's john king about what we should do about financial issues with fema. >> stephanie: yeah, we have that. >> every time you have an and an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. if you can go further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask ourselves the opposite question. what should we keep? >> yes bec
-800-621-fema and disasterassistance.gov funding is continued to be made available and when we talk about those dollars, this is money that has been direct posited. -- deposited. as the numbers keep going up, they are not dollars that are just approved. with that, in turn it over to charlie with the red cross. >> we want to give you an update on the particular activities in new york and new jersey. i want to would knowledge that i know this is a frustrating time of the people who have been affected by this storm and we want everyone to know we're doing everything possible to provide aid and comfort to thousands and we have had people in place since before the storm made landfall. i do not want to, in any way, diminish the impact of those in other states. the red cross has a large relief operations in new york and new jersey as we learn about what the neighborhoods are that have a need. as power comes back on, awareness is increasing in terms of the areas of need and we're putting plans in place to provide people with food, water, relief supplies, and comfort. a massive feeding effort is underwa
. there is a lot of damage to the public infrastructure. we know that with fema, which is the federal emergency management agency, we will get help for a lot of this. but i'm glad the president is coming. you need to see this firsthand. and what i heard the potential damage of the storm and i was evacuated from my house i thought, this is going to be bad. but when you see it in person you cannot believe how catastrophic is. >> we have been looking at those photos, but i can imagine in person it is a very different story. i'm afraid we have to leave it there. thank you. >> thank you. >> millions of lives have been affected by this storm and so has the presidential race. just a week out from election day cannot -- election day, president obama was at a red cross center today and he will assess the damage tomorrow. a rally in ohio for mitt romney turned into a storm relief drive. i am joined in astin -- austin, texas by matthew doud. i have been speaking to you from both campaigns today. no one wanted to play politics with this storm, but we are a week away from election day and they are both thin
continues to lie to the american people. he was totally against fema, now he's for fema. i also feel that he is very rich. and we have the new york the biggest financial capital of the whole country, of the whole world. new jersey is devastated, parts of virginia, parts of ohio and wisconsin. he's a very very very extremely rism man who pays very very very low taxes and i think he personally should be contributing several million dollars of his own money to help the people of the united states that he claims that he's trying to help. and i think the jeep chrysler ads were just outrageous. i'm disappointed. i'm a senior. i'm 70. i'm on social security. we have worked. we have a lovely little home in cape cod. we did live in new jersey. we're fortunate enough to be able to retire. but i'm really disappointed in a lot of the seniors of this country who are so afraid that they are going to misbenefits and not be taken care of. and personally i feel a lot of seniors are extremely, extremely selfish and fearful. host: let's take a call from the romney supporters line in michigan. caller: just call
york metro area. tomorrow, janet napolitano will join fema in staten island, new york, for a first-hand look of the damage there. transportation secretary ray lahood will go to new jersey to help with the recovery effort there. >>> almost everyone back to school and work in our area. still one delay. pendleton county schools on a two-hour delay this morning. the county had to deal with days of power outages following the storm. good morning, welcome to news 4 today. >> and it is friday, november 2, 2012. a live look out over the nation's capital this morning. 44 degrees outside our studios, we're in for a chilly stretch of weather. >> tom kieran with more on the forecast. >> this is what sandy is doing. drawing cold air down from canada bringing in this unusual chill for early november. it does feel more like a winter morning. you will need your winter coat. the little specks of again, getting a few scattered sprinkles, not as widespread as they were yesterday. out over the panhandle of west virginia and maryland. some places getting a few snow flurries and areas in dark blue, only
would have an expedited process with fema, get whatever assistance we needed. he moved an expedited process this morning by declaring new jersey a major disaster area. the eight counties that are receiving an medek louisiana ratioand immediate individual, atlantic, cape may, hudson, excess. middle south momoth, ocean and union. note this list is not final and many other counties will be added as we make a damage assessment. the biggest issues we are facing right now in our most inch packeted counties are search and rescue and restoration of pow every. i want to make up sure that we are getting to new jersey citizens who chose not to evacuate or got caught in floodwaters. our pr priority is to assure the safety and security of every new jersey citizen. our helicopters are in the air as we speak engaging in coastline rescue efforts. our swift water team is positioned in atlantic city and has begun rescue and recovery for hose who remained in atlantic city. teams units from central and south to union beach. middletown, bell mar. madelsquain are beginning rescue april rations. we saw ti
. president working with fema. so definitely affecting the election right at, incredibly, a pivotal time. >> mm-hmm. they're now being forced to move their campaigns as well as kind of switch their messages as well. >>> but first there's a bull's eye on more than 50 million people this morning as hurricane sandy is taking aim. forecasters are warning everybody in its path, vast path, that the mega storm, some are calling a perfect storm will unleash life-threatening flooding. >> hurricane sandy has already paralyzed the northeast. ripple effects will be felt across the country for days if not weeks if not months to come. we begin with abc's tahman bradley. he's in ocean city, maryland. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. sandy is a monster, unprecedented in size and scope. along the mid-atlantic, residents are hunkered down preparing for the worst. >> we are expecting a pretty significant storm here that could lead to very significant flooding. >> reporter: transportation brought to a standstill throughout the region. more than 6,000 flights have already been grounded through tuesd
a lot of money to help all these states and also to try to manage fema, which, as yet, is not engaged. it's more the immediate response is at the local level, the fema is for the longer. he has done okay. there is is no criticism of that. >> bill: i don't think anybody should be sniping at him or romney. romney the same thing. he has got to be sympathetic. he doesn't have any power to do anything. he has got to show his concern. they both cancelled some appearances and all of that i won't sniping. what i would say if i were cynical but of course i'm not you can discount that. >> you are little bow beep. going forward, tomorrow is a hybrid news day. you will still have storm stuff but the story will deintensify and the political stuff will come back. and then on thursday, both romney and obama will regain, you know, they will start to campaign again. looking forward, i don't see sandy as a factor. >> no, i don't. it might have marginal effects. it does show the president is presidential. people expect that in a national emergency. that's not really stuff. you might say that if you look
cutbacks. academy class is being paid for with a two-year $8.6 million grant from fema. >>> today we got an up-close look at a new crime-fighting tool officials in alameda county are hoping to add to their arsenal. but as ktvu's allie rasmus explains some are objecting to spy in the sky. >> reporter: it lifts off like a space age aircraft and you can barely hear it buzzing overhead. it's an unmanned aerial system otherwise known as a drone. >> the device is about 2' wide, less than a foot tall an weighs about 3.35 funds and atoo muched to the bottom is an hd camera that sends back a live picture. >> well, limits are ceiling 400' agl, line of sight, 250,' with an observer. >> reporter: to fly in dense urban areas deputies would need permission from the faa and department of justice, but the device has raised concerns. representatives from the electronic frontier foundation sent this statement. in response sheriff sergeant nelson says it's no different than other equipment they use. >> we have had robots in our bomb squad and s.w.a.t. teams for ten years that are remote controlled. we d
fema, and other agencies helpful in the recovery in response efforts, the part of energy, transportation, department of homeland security, department of health and human services. obviously, everyone is aware, at this point, that this will be a big and powerful storm. all across the eastern seaboard, everybody is taking the appropriate preparations. i have spoken to the governors in the states. they have issued emergency declarations. those have been turned to run quickly. we have pre-positioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. we are making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that will be hardest hit. we anticipate that the center of the storm will hit landfall sometime this evening, but because of the nature of this storm, we are certain that this will be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country. millions of people will be affected. the most important message i have for the public right now is, please listen to what your state and local officials are sayi
with fema on the ground and working in partnership to try to start the recovery. megyn: not only do you have so many people in their homes devastated. but now we hear that the path train, the knowledge path train that so many people use to commute to their jobs will be us spend for 7-10 days. are you encouraging people to stay at home and skip work the next few days? >> we are encouraging people to pay attention to media reports. the infrastructure in terms of transportation has been greatly impacted. the public transportation as well as even local roadways. megyn: it doesn't look inviting or something you want to go out in. folks need to earn a living. mary, all the best to you. >> thank you, megyn. megyn: new york and new jersey really took a beating and connecticut as well. 21 states already affected plus washington, d.c. and more still in sandy's path. our coverage of the monster storm continues from arlington, virginia where trees and power lines are down. power is out for tens of thousands of people. this arlington outside the nation's capital. amtrak is suspend. megyn: president obama
a state of emergency in delaware. i believe that has changed since then in. >> he did, fema and the white house have been terrific to work with, very grateful to them. you know the way it works is they embed themselves, we have fema people at our emergency management agency to make it as seamless as possible, they've done a great job as have the incredible hundreds and thousands of people within delaware, the emergency response community, everybody from the national guard to the red cross volunteers to local law enforcement, state police, department of transportation, natural resources, all of those people have done a great job. >> what does a governor do? were you up all night? >> i was not up all night. i was out all day yesterday up very late the night before, and you know, basically last night on the phone a lot with -- >> at the mansion? >> actually at my house. >> did you lose power? >> we did have power. i was surprised we had power. >> you did have power. >> we did have power, but 40,000 plus people still without power so that's a lot in a state of our size. our population is 900,
and have political opponents offer praise. but that sword is double edged. and if fema stum b -- stumbles, it's sure to hurt the president. >>> early voting is back on in maryland. today, the governor cast his vote in baltimore. election officials say so far, about 162,000 people have voted early in the state, ahead of the pace in 2010. >>> there were long lines at just about every polling site in prince george's county today. the lines started the moment the doors opened this morning. most of the voters we talked with did not seem to mind the wait. tracee wilkins has more. >> reporter: i don't know if it was cabin fever or not, but take a look at this line. that's beyond the trick or treaters there, that's how it's been all day since 8:00 a.m., folks lined up and waiting and from that point, the wait is about two hours long. but there are folks who have been standing in line for a lot longer than that. lines, lines and more lines. at every polling station we visited in prince george's county, we saw anxious, early voters waiting. you were thinking the as soon as the storm is over with? >
to the storm. afterwards homeland security and fema directors will visit storm damaged communities. meantime the storm is now blamed for 109 deaths in the u.s. as people continue to clean up mayor bloomberg canceled tomorrow's new york city marathon. people were outraged this week when bloomberg said the race would boost the economy and inspire the city to move on after the storm. now, though, the race that brings 40,000 runners to the street is off. much of the marathon would have gone through some of the hardest hit areas and the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. >> relief could be on the way for the gas shortage. the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons of fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by sandy. people in new york and new jersey are having major problems getting gas. many stations are closed because of damage or lack of power leading to long lines that stretch for miles to get a few stations -- get to a few station thas are open. dominion power crews from our area are in new je
fema food and water resources. the national guard has deployed soldiers and airmen at the free hold and woodbridge armories for support of state supported shelter facilities if needed. there are a vast number of new jerseyans today without power. in fact, we currently have 2.4 million new jersey households without power. this is, just so you understand the order of magnitude here, this is twice the number of impacted households as hurricane irene. hurricane high ren was irene .2. 1.2 are pse&g. 935,000 from jcp & l. 195,000 from atlantic city electric. and 45,000 from orange and rockland. during hurricane irene restoration took eight days for full restoration. for hurricane sandy full restoration may, in fact, take longer. full damage assessment will not be complete until 24 to 48 hours due to some of the weather delays. they cannot develop a time frame for restoration until damage estimates are under way and obviously these difficult weather conditions are making this more of a challenge. however, the utility companies have continued to reach out to other states for assistance and
have done a fantastic job preparing us, along with fema. i just talked to the national weather bureau a little while ago because we've been briefed every six, seven hours. they say they've never seen a hurricane become a nor'easter and then turn right into the coast. so it's no exaggeration, and it's 75 miles aore, and it's going to sit which makes it even more dangerous, and we're going to get four, six, seven inches of rain, and the ground will be swollen with water. and going to be particularly vulnerable. this is the real thing. please listen to the president, the governor of new jersey, new york, these are serious situations before us. this is not going to be simply a storm that goes by. it's going to go by because it's so big, it's going to go by and take many, many, many hours to get by. that's how big it is. so, we've already september a letter supporting the governor's request for federal disaster declaration and new jersey by congressman chris smith, who is the-- >> what happens during tomorrow's commute? are people going to attempt to go from new jersey here to manhattan? o
. this is their life work in terms of research. you need help not only from fema but from the national institutes of health in order to get these scientists back on their feet. >> rose: the are theidd stories we don't know about. we understand most importantly the anguish of people, lost lives and relatives and friends secondly, the loss of property and everything. your life savings and your life treasures are all destroyed by flood or fire. and then there are these hidden stories of things that you don't think about that have been damaged by the flood or damaged by the fire. that had real impact on people's jobs. >> i think so. and especially people who have been through it before. so i think about the people who ha post traumatic stress from a katrina, from 9/11 and this happens and it reinforces. guess what, where were those people on 9/11 they were at the tip of manhattan and the same area that's getting hit so hard right now. there are other areas, i came into cbs this morning somebody said i'm up in rockland county, nobody's telling that story. nasa county out on the island, there are plac
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